Free school meals enquiry

Please note:

  • This is not an application. Complete this request form and an application form will be sent to you.
  • You should apply at least eight weeks before term starts. For pupils transferring to secondary school (aged 11) apply by early July.
  • Late applications will delay your benefits. 
  • Families applying for the first time or families needing a free school meal authorisation immediately, should come to our  AccessPoint with their proof of benefit and child benefit. Education Officers may be able to issue emergency free meals entitlement for your child there and then.
  • Free school meals and school clothing grant entitlement cannot be backdated

All fields with the *(asterix) next to them must be completed

Personal details
Parent's first name
Parent's surname
Parent's title
If other title - please specify


Flat/House No. or Name
Address 1
Address 2

Contact telephone number

Email Address
Child's school name
Benefit Information
Are you applying for free school meals only?
(In order to qualify for free school meals, you must have at least one of the first three benefits below.)
Which of the following benefits do you receive?


The information I have given may be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act. The act requires the Council to safeguard the information and the use made of it. To enable my enquiry to be handled effectively, other Council employees will be able to access the information. The information may also be used to inform the future provision of services by Lewisham Borough Council. I have a right to see a copy of the information held about myself on application to the Council.
Should you experience any problems with our online form or wish to contact Student Support, telephone 020 8314 6221 or email